Although raised in the Midwest, Matthew Gosser has called Newark, NJ his home for the past 15 years. The post-industrial landscape
of the East Coast has provided ample opportunity for his dual careers in architecture and art. While working for Lee Levine Architects,
Gosser has designed residences, bars, restaurants, retail spaces and mixed-use development in New York and New Jersey-placing a
strong emphasis on the adaptive re-use of existing structures. As an artist, he established a new art form known as AR+CHAEOLOGY.
What started as exploration and photo documentation of buildings in ruin gradually evolved into the making of collage, sculpture
and furniture from artifacts salvaged from these abandoned structures. Typically, culturally significant sites (facing the wrecking ball)
are targeted in order to preserve and bring public attention to those aspects of our vanishing heritage. For this work, Gosser has
received citations from both historic preservation and fine art institutions. His artwork has been shown in galleries, museums and
private collections in New York, New Jersey, Boston and Miami. He also currently teaches at the New Jersey School of Architecture.
NY TIMES - MAY 2006